Hayate the Combat Butler!

Alt title: Hayate no Gotoku!

TV (52 eps)
2007 - 2008
Spring 2007
3.924 out of 5 from 13,563 votes
Rank #1,580

When Hayate was young, Santa appeared in a dream and told him that if he worked hard, he’d be rewarded. Thus, with an unbreakable will, the unfortunate Hayate has struggled through life holding onto that belief. In the present, his parents are lazy and unemployed, forcing Hayate to work several jobs to pay the bills. As if things couldn’t get worse, Hayate’s parents then run away, leaving him with an enormous debt and loan sharks on his tail! Naturally, the best solution to find money fast is… to kidnap someone?! A girl named Nagi is the target, but due to an unfortunate miscommunication, she believes Hayate has proposed to her and falls for him hard. After Nagi paid off his debt, Hayate must now work as her butler in order to repay her; but first, he must adapt to her wacky world!

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(Sub) In English, “Unmei” Means “Destiny” image

Episode 1

(Sub) In English, “Unmei” Means “Destiny”

(Sub) A New Beginning With Nagi Sanzenin’s Estate image

Episode 2

(Sub) A New Beginning With Nagi Sanzenin’s Estate

(Sub) The Beast, the Robot, and the Butler That Shouted, or Maybe Didn’t Shout, Love at the Heart of the World image

Episode 3

(Sub) The Beast, the Robot, and the Butler That Shouted, or Maybe Didn’t Shout, Love at the Heart of the World

(Sub) My First Errand: This Is Snake, No Response image

Episode 4

(Sub) My First Errand: This Is Snake, No Response

(Sub) Thoughtless Jokes and Kindness Bring Misfortune image

Episode 5

(Sub) Thoughtless Jokes and Kindness Bring Misfortune

(Sub) You Say You Can See Time, But That Is Probably Your Life Flashing Before Your Eyes image

Episode 6

(Sub) You Say You Can See Time, But That Is Probably Your Life Flashing Before Your Eyes

(Sub) A Man’s Fight image

Episode 7

(Sub) A Man’s Fight

(Sub) Going to Hell in Cat-Ear Mode image

Episode 8

(Sub) Going to Hell in Cat-Ear Mode

(Sub) Elohim Essaim, Mr. Cow, Mr. Cow! What Is It, Mr. Frog? image

Episode 9

(Sub) Elohim Essaim, Mr. Cow, Mr. Cow! What Is It, Mr. Frog?

(Sub) The Strangest Hyperdeflation Ever, Play Your Games and Don’t Build up a Backlog image

Episode 10

(Sub) The Strangest Hyperdeflation Ever, Play Your Games and Don’t Build up a Backlog

(Sub) The Value of My Life: Priceless image

Episode 11

(Sub) The Value of My Life: Priceless

(Sub) Long Ago, We Learned from a Space Sheriff That Being Young Is About Not Looking Back image

Episode 12

(Sub) Long Ago, We Learned from a Space Sheriff That Being Young Is About Not Looking Back

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vivafruit's avatar
vivafruit Aug 1, 2009
Score 7/10

Story
Plot junkies beware: not only does Hayate the Combat Butler! have an awesomely unnecessary exclamation mark in its title, its plot goes absolutely nowhere. After a teasing the viewers with a promising premise, the series forgoes character development or plot progression in favor of episodic meandering. Because of this, those hoping for an engaging... read more

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Adam Feb 6, 2010
Score 7/10

When I first looked at Hayate no Gotoku, I definitely didn't expect it to be a show I'd end up enjoying. Just look at the plot: a boy goes to work for a 13 year-old girl as a fighting butler in order to pay off his debt. Then there's the whole stupid romance aspect, a talking tiger, a cross- dressing Hayate, flat characters (I'm not talking about Hinagiku), and a plot that NEVER advances. On paper... read more

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